Epson has joined forces with its reseller partner, Integrated Productivity Systems (IPSi), to create an automated print-and-apply labeling system leveraging the Epson ColorWorks on-demand color label printer and the Epson VT6L 6-Axis robot to help businesses add efficiency and cost savings to their operations.
Focused on helping small- to mid-size manufacturers and distributors who do not have the expertise or resources to design, develop and quickly implement process improvements in their operations, IPSi saw an opportunity to combine the high-quality labels of the ColorWorks printer with an Epson 6-Axis robot to bring color and automation to businesses. Bringing on JM Automation Services, a full-service integrator and manufacturer of custom automated machinery, IPSi developed a robotic print-and-apply system for streamlining the process of getting products packaged and labeled as quickly and efficiently as possible.
'Businesses need to print high-quality color labels on demand, which is especially important for personalization, one-on-one marketing and serialization, where every label needs to be different,' said Rick Schilling, president of IPSi. 'The ability to integrate the Epson ColorWorks label printer with an Epson 6-Axis robot allows us to address the most challenging applications for printing and applying color labels to all types of containers.'
The ColorWorks CW-C6000P and CW-C6500P deliver on-demand, color labels with a peel-and-present option. The industrial strength label printers come standard with Applicator I/O control ports for automated label application and the ability to integrate with other automated systems. Coupled with the 6-Axis robot’s end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), the combined solution offers businesses limitless possibilities for printing and applying color labels to flat containers, round containers and everything in between.
'An on-demand color label solution makes so much sense for businesses finding themselves in situations where they need a unique label for every container,' said Andy Scherz, senior product manager of commercial labels at Epson America. 'IPSi created a unique solution that demonstrates the power of automation for full-color print-and-apply labeling for industrial manufacturing environments.'
'Epson has made robotic automation easy for organizations looking for operational simplicity and flexibility as requirements can change quickly,' added Scott Marsic, group product manager, Epson Robots. 'Epson All-in-One 6-Axis robots are versatile, supporting a variety of applications in addition to label application, ranging from pick and place, to dispensing and more. With robots that are easy to program and operate and can quickly integrate onto the warehouse floor in minutes, Epson helps to relieve some of the apprehension about automation.'
Implementing a print-and-apply printer and robot system streamlines label printing and application while simplifying label inventory to meet on-demand needs, according to the company. This combined robotic system is a cost- and time-efficient approach to mitigate errors in label design or changes in product or process that could result in wasted inventory. The system is currently installed and in use with IPSi customers.